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From garment flats to digital illustration, to print and graphics, we have everything you need to get ahead in today’s fashion industry. All of our Derby based courses and workshops are 100% practical with an emphasis on making sure you get what you need from the day. More and more courses and workshops are coming soon, we have an amazing list of talented professionals writing up lesson plans as we speak, and we are bursting to tell you who, what and when, so make sure you keep up with the latest news either via our social media or by signing up to the CAD for Fashion mailing list here.

We do not believe in excluding anyone from learning and pride ourselves in helping those who feel they may struggle to get to grips with the software, no matter how computer literate or how much longer it may take you to pick things up, we are here with you the whole way!

“I am a recent graduate in childrenswear fashion design and looking to develop my skills in very specific areas Of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop in order to stand out when applying for jobs. I have had sessions with Erica both in person and over Skype and found her to be extremely knowledgeable, friendly and flexible to my requirements. I would absolutely recommend Erica to anyone wanting to learn more technical skills within fashion design.”

Cathie Watts

Winner of the Mothercare Childrenswear Award & Winner of The Vivienne Westwood Ethics and Sustainability Award Sponsored by Lenzing

“I would highly recommend Erica for illustrator & Photoshop cad tuition. Erica is a patient teacher and has helped me grow in confidence using the cad packages, which I have previously struggled to grasp. I have found the training easier to understand than other courses I have attended.”

Natalie Banton

Design Executive, Crystal Martin International


With designers from all areas of fashion at our disposal, CAD for Fashion Studio offers a CAD drawing and illustration services based on your requirements. A high-quality CAD drawing can be a powerful sales tool, not to mention a faster and more efficient way to present your ideas to your team/buyer/customer/factory etc. We can create beautiful, industry-standard CAD drawings of your designs, from your basic sketches, photographs or garments. With the option of full colour, detailed flat drawings of your designs, ready to present to buyers, clients or suppliers, or a perfectly proportioned technical drawing to send to a Factory or Pattern Cutter. We can help you, to help them, to see your design as you do, and to its full potential.

With some high profile clients such as menswear brand Holland Esquire, award-winning womenswear designer Fazane Malik and Fazane Fox – Production Lab we have experience in multi-product design and illustration.

Erica Horne

Erica Horne

Owner of CAD for Fashion Studio & Academy

Erica has been working in the Fashion Industry for the last 8 years, and teaching for 6. For 6 years she worked as a designer at a childrenswear supplier, gaining experience in all areas of product development. She guest Lectures at the University of Derby and Birmingham City University on the fashion course, teaching Design, Pattern Cutting and CAD. As well as running CAD for Fashion, Erica is also Product Development Manager at Fazane Fox – Production Lab working with Fashion Brands to design, develop and produce their collections. “I am a strong believer that you must practice what you preach! Working in the industry and using the Adobe software every day means I know exactly what struggles you face, meaning I can explore and use the latest and most relevant techniques to get things done, and pass that knowledge on to those I teach.” Erica.


We plan to host a range of exciting and inspirational events over the coming year at the CAD for Fashion Academy. The, home of CAD for Fashion is a fascinating, unique venue with conference rooms, a quirky and colourful breakout area and to top it all off, a beautiful outside space perfect for summer events and functions. Coming soon… guest speakers and special guest lecturers will take residency at CAD for Fashion Studio & Academy throughout the year. fashion industry professionals will be sharing their experiences, skills, and knowledge with you all. Keep up with the latest news here.

If you have an idea for an event or would like to join our pool of talented industry professionals then please get in touch, we want to hear from you!

find us

Situated at the heart of the country, our studio is housed within the Olivetti Building in Derby. It was originally built by Architect Ted Cullinan in 1972 for the Olivetti Typewriter Company but has recently had its own ‘creative retrofit’ to bring it back to life. Now called the ELMC.Space its unique design and interior makes it the perfect inspirational space and with great links to the M1 and A38, its also easily accessible.

CAD for Fashion at, Downing Road, Derby. DE12 6HA